App deletion day

It’s June 1st and that means Facebook and Twitter finally got deleted from my phone (along with 10 or so other apps). I am no longer carrying around all of the lessons and sarcasm and pointlessness with me all day long.

I was finally able to do this because I no longer have to monitor the band social media accounts for idiots. I am FREE!

My first experience out without these apps was my check up at the doctor this afternoon and while I waited, I didn’t have the opportunity to be lazy and scroll through those annoying feeds. I read a book instead.

What’s my primary reason for doing this? I do get lazy and go to those apps to kill time. It’s like a reflex. Bored? Look at phone.

I want to break that habit.

I also typically see something in either app that angers or disgusts me and those things get stuck in my head and can seed my mind with negative thoughts.

However, I am still keeping my accounts on those apps and those apps are still installed on my iPad so I can get notifications and force myself to check in on them at least once a day.

What apps did I keep on my phone? Instagram, which has the ability to post to Facebook and also auto-posts to Twitter is still there. So is Discord and Tik Tok.

These are three apps which expose me to far less soap-boxing and general complaining.

It’s all about the positivity, baby!

This old body

It’s like This Old House in that you keep throwing money at it trying to make it modern but you are fighting a losing battle.

This time of year is when all of my appointments line up: doctor, eye doctor and dentist. That means summer begins with a whirl of co-pays, x-rays, bloodwork and scans. I’ve already been going back and forth with the doctor for the last few months trying to get the blood pressure and heartrate back to normal and it looks like we might have that figured out. I’ll know for sure later this afternoon after that appointment.

This morning was the eye doctor and I had one piece of good news – my ocular pressure is once again down year to year. Why? Magic? Coincidence? Who knows. But that gets me out of the glaucoma danger zone. I do need new glasses for the first time since 2017 since my reading vision has gotten much worse over the last year as expected. It’s easier to read with my current glasses off but that’s about all I can do with my glasses off. The only letter I can make out on an eye chart with no glasses is the biggest one at the top.

So, here I am, cutting back on caffeine and sugar and working on that longevity that is all the rage.

In other news, I drove my car for the first time in two weeks today. It’s nice getting out in my own car doing my own things that need to be done. I had a strong urge to steer that car right into the library parking lot after my eye appointment but I had to get back to work so I had to do the right thing and get back to the laptop.

First post on the Chromebook

I like the idea of instant on. I feel like my thoughts are fleeting and they don’t have a shelf life long enough to wait for Windows to come out of hibernation or even sleep.

So that’s why this is my first post on the Chromebook. I open the lid, wait a couple of seconds for wifi to connect and I’m off, thoughts flowing into the keyboard and onto the virtual page for your eyes to see.

No tags

I have not been tagging my posts here. Filling up my reader with other interesting sites (we don’t use the b word here – the bl*g word) has taught me that I better tag each post if I want to be found by any other person also searching for sites to follow. So, here goes very little.

(Edit: I added tags to this post but you can only see them if you go to the page for this specific post. Must be my choice of template that makes that happen.)

As I scroll through other WordPress sites, it’s hard for me to tell who is doing this to get attention and who is doing this as a release. Put me in the release column. I want to get certain things out that don’t have any other natural place to be released. If it’s not a tweet or a podcast topic, it can be released back into the wild here.

Outside check in

I’m in the $9 aqua blue chair I bought and I’ve moved over next to the metal shed where the tree is giving me much needed shade so I can be on the laptop and get some things done.

However, for one of the things I need to get done, I need my phone and I left that inside.

For another, I need a piece of paper that I also left inside.

I am completely unprepared.

I think about things to write here and then I don’t write them and then I forget about them so they are gone forever.

Rest assured, I am still here, plugging along as normal even with this site being quiet the last couple of days.

I bought a cheap Bluetooth keyboard just so I could type out posts here faster.

I don’t know why I felt the need to do this.

I also shared this to Twitter just once and I felt like I was feeding the beast that I am running from by starting this site and writing here so I don’t think I will do that again for a while.

This keyboard is very loud and clicky.

Click click click.